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* Glass lid.

* Cook and warm function.

* Non stick removable bowl.

* Includes plastic measuring cup and spatula.
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#1
Bought one of these in 2006 at £9.99 and still running strong even though being used on a daily basis (yeah, I'm asian, go figure :)). Highly recommended.
#2
Do these things steam the rice then?

I'm terrible for over cooking rice. In theory it should be so simple, but it always seems like one minute its too firm and then you check a minute later and its over cooked!
#3
Rice cookers will always cook asian rice alot better and at a better consistency week in week out.

However, not all rice cookers are the same, and some produce really dry rice, some really sticky, so it really is up to personal preferences which one you get.

Cookworks is a decent brand, but I am surprised to hear that its lasted more than a year!!
#4
Really? mine's over 4 years old and going strong - cost £9.99 then too.

Differences aren't down to the cooker but the individual types of rice. As long as you use the recommended amount of water it will always be better than using a saucepan and a guesstimate.
#5
but rice is very expensive these days :), but voted hot
#6
Cheers just reserved one to collect tomorrow, heat and rep added
#7
does this one cook rice within 30 mins?

my current one takes an hour so i've never been happy with it
#8
godsakes
does this one cook rice within 30 mins?

my current one takes an hour so i've never been happy with it


yea takes bout 20 mins to cook basmatic rice, i dont own one but i use it a lot when i visit my friend :thumbsup:
#9
suniil
but rice is very expensive these days :), but voted hot


I've been working out that it's cheaper to get big sacks of rice and use one of these than it is to keep buying smaller more convenient rice products. I think I'm going to get this.

Does anyone know if it will do mexican style rice cooking?

Can you do european rice like arborio, carnaroli and vialone nano rice, or paella? I mean risotto style where you add stock, reduce it down and then add more?
#10
anyone know if this will be any good for cooking sushi rice which needs to be a bit sticky?
#11
However, not all rice cookers are the same, and some produce really dry rice, some really sticky, so it really is up to personal preferences which one you get.


My experience is that it comes down to how much water you put in and what kind of rice.
#12
The paints in the bowl come out easily so at some point you will be consuming paints too
not worth
they reduce to half price so many times a year
#13
Do you really need this?

Method 1 - put rice in a pan, fill pan with water (about 75% full), boil. Done in about 10-15 mins, drain and serve.
#14
soled73;3923254
Do you really need this?

Method 1 - put rice in a pan, fill pan with water (about 75% full), boil. Done in about 10-15 mins, drain and serve.


I wager than in most people's experience there's an art to making good rice and it involves a delicate balance of rice, water, heat and time.
#15
skyscraper101
I wager than in most people's experience there's an art to making good rice and it involves a delicate balance of rice, water, heat and time.


Now I would have agreed with you about a year ago. I used to measure the rice, measure the water, put on for exactly 16 mins then leave to stand for 16mins - pretty good rice.

But when I used go to my mums (or mum in laws) they would always from scratch in about 10 mins. No measuring, no prep - they're from the old school!

I asked, and then watched how they made it - voila simple. Who needs measures - trust me it works,

:-D

I'm not saying this isnt a good deal - but rice making is simple.
#16
kamb1ng
Bought one of these in 2006 at £9.99 and still running strong even though being used on a daily basis (yeah, I'm asian, go figure :)). Highly recommended.


i got one of these a few days ago for this price and have used it twice and its superb! perfect rice everytime!

kanb1ng have you any tips for us rice cooker noobs? aka do you cook the rice then add the spices/veggies/meat AFTER or do you add the spices and meats/veg in the cooker whilst its doing the rice?

thanks

stu
#17
Got one of these when posted before Christmas - it's great as I'm rubbish at getting the rice nicely cooked - and it keeps it warm so great for parties.
#18
Brilliant invention!
"Lets make something where people pay money to cook their rice more slowly."
Bet they're pissing themselves that so many people are lapping it up :w00t:

Use a saucepan.
Cold.
#19
gratts
Brilliant invention!
"Lets make something where people pay money to cook their rice more slowly."
Bet they're pissing themselves that so many people are lapping it up :w00t:

Use a saucepan.
Cold.


Do you boil water for cups of tea in a saucepan too?

This solves a different problem - make rice and keep it warm with no need to do anything but put the ingredients in and switch it on.
#20
[QUOTE=addo106]anyone know if this will be any good for cooking sushi rice which needs to be a bit sticky?[/QUOTE

I use one of these three or four times a week for Japanese/Chinese sticky rice dishes;saves a lot of time and hassle.
#21
soled73
Do you really need this?

Method 1 - put rice in a pan, fill pan with water (about 75% full), boil. Done in about 10-15 mins, drain and serve.


my method is to put in however much rice you need (1 small cup = 1 person's portion), stick my palm on top of the rice and fill up with water until it reaches my knuckles. Makes a very slightly sticky rice (chinese style) with no need to drain.
#22
soled73
Do you really need this?

Method 1 - put rice in a pan, fill pan with water (about 75% full), boil. Done in about 10-15 mins, drain and serve.


Yeah, rice is a mare to cook perfectly, these tend to get it right most the time.

A large number of chinese restaurants use them - so they can't be bad.
#23
I got one for my hubby before Xmas. I can cook rice perfectly - my dad taught me years back but hubby can't get the hang of it, so when it's his turn to do chilli or curry he'll use the rice cooker. When it's my turn, I do it old school. Horses for courses :) It's not bad for the money :)
#24
I was a rice cooker sceptic until we were given one by an Asian family who were "going home" and didn't need one any more. I could could rice OK before (my wife couldn't - many boil over incidents!) but rice cookers are great for three reasons:
1) cooks rice to perfection - far better than our boiling/absorption in a saucepan attempts
2) keeps rice warm until you need it

Already have a rie cooker, but voted this deal hot.

JD
#25
Just got one of these, thanks to OP...havent used it yet, but its a nice size (quite dinky, thought it would be a big thing) . Anyone know if you can do pasta or potatoes in it like a steamer ???
#26
suniil;3922981
but rice is very expensive these days :), but voted hot


I'd noticed and wondered why - like maple syrup has doubled in price too.

godsakes;3923039
does this one cook rice within 30 mins?

my current one takes an hour so i've never been happy with it


Depends on the quantity but 15-20 mins for 3 people.

androoski;3923122
I've been working out that it's cheaper to get big sacks of rice and use one of these than it is to keep buying smaller more convenient rice products. I think I'm going to get this.

Does anyone know if it will do mexican style rice cooking?

Can you do european rice like arborio, carnaroli and vialone nano rice, or paella? I mean risotto style where you add stock, reduce it down and then add more?


Arborio and Carnaroli I only cook in a saute pan but to be honest I doubt this would be appropriate. Rice lasts for ages if its cool and dry so a big bag is the only way.

ramkmr;3923238
The paints in the bowl come out easily so at some point you will be consuming paints too
not worth
they reduce to half price so many times a year


Paints? The bowl is non-stick....
#27
These are great! I use equal measures of cups of basmati rice to cups of boiling water (i use a stock cube for flavouring in the water - either chicken or vegetable). Sling it in the pot to cook. When it's done I add soy sauce to flavour and sling in fried chopped onions/peppers/mushrooms/garlic/bacon or anything that takes my fancy from the fridge ! Highly recommended. Mines a brevile one that I have had for 2 years and still going stong. Always remember to wash your rice before cooking to get rid of excess starch else the rice may be a bit sticky :thumbsup:
#28
price wise, this has been of 9.79 for ages.
#29
Glass of rice and glass and half of water, perfect rice every time :)
#30
kamb1ng
Bought one of these in 2006 at £9.99 and still running strong even though being used on a daily basis (yeah, I'm asian, go figure :)). Highly recommended.


Mmbekkkkkk* :P

Yes, I'm asian as well. Judging by your name I think I know which part from Asia you're from :D

Heat added btw. Been looking for one to replace my aging one.

*it's an inside joke that I believe many will not understand :P
#31
StuDaPoo
i got one of these a few days ago for this price and have used it twice and its superb! perfect rice everytime!

kanb1ng have you any tips for us rice cooker noobs? aka do you cook the rice then add the spices/veggies/meat AFTER or do you add the spices and meats/veg in the cooker whilst its doing the rice?

thanks

stu


Asians usually eat plain white rice with cooked dishes. Cook the meat/veggie separately, and then just serve the two together.

If you want to make fried rice, you also cook the rice first. Then on a frying pan, cook garlic, onions, eggs, etc, put in the cooked rice, then add spices. Mix and stir, then you're all set.

Having said that, you are correct, and there are more complicated (traditional) dishes where you can cook spices/meat together while the rice cooks, but that's a whole different ballgame :).

Hope this helps!
#32
Tenex
Really? mine's over 4 years old and going strong - cost £9.99 then too.

Differences aren't down to the cooker but the individual types of rice. As long as you use the recommended amount of water it will always be better than using a saucepan and a guesstimate.



I agree on the types of rice.......but not the guestimate........it's always 2-1 ratio. One cup rice, two cups water, or what ever measure size unit you want......a pint, a teaspoon, or what ever, 2-1 ratio.

Different rice has different uses, short grain, or 'Arborio' rice is used for Paella, Risotto, or pudding.

Long grain, "American " style rice is what we're most used to, and the easiest to cook.

Basmati is finicky, depending on the quality, you may have to wash it several times, but it cooks quickly.

Sushi rice 'sticky rice' is completely different and probably the only rice that doesn't use the 2-1 rule. Sushi rice cookers ( the chefs) take 3 years just to learn how to cook it...!

A rice cooker may work for some, but I just use a pan, or even in the oven in a casserole dish, when small air holes appear on the top, take it off the heat, let it sit for 10 minutes, it's done.
#33
dosman
Mmbekkkkkk* :P

Yes, I'm asian as well. Judging by your name I think I know which part from Asia you're from :D

Heat added btw. Been looking for one to replace my aging one.

*it's an inside joke that I believe many will not understand :P


You mean your mother? ;-)
#34
for perfect rice trust me on this
bring water to a boil in a tight fitted sauce pan (dont salt )
add rice and stir when boils so it doesnt stick to the bottom
cook for 8 mins then drain and put back in pan with tight fitted lid
rice will continue cooking and about 10 mins later perfect fluffy rice not glutinous mess-
#35
Most asian families use rice cookers . Can millions be wrong ? :-D
banned#36
Seriously, how difficult is it to make rice. Fill a pan with boiling water. Half a mug of rice per person. Empty into boiling pan and stir ONCE. Wait 8 mins and taste. DONE.
banned#37
"Excellent for unattended rice cooking. Unfortunately, 'non'stick' surface of cooking pot only lasts about 3 months, when used about twice, maximum three times weekly. The coating is very thin. Otherwise, it could have been an excellent product."
#38
csiman
Seriously, how difficult is it to make rice. Fill a pan with boiling water. Half a mug of rice per person. Empty into boiling pan and stir ONCE. Wait 8 mins and taste. DONE.


The same can be said about other kitchen accessories like toasters and kettles but i bet most people own one or the other...:whistling:
#39
PaulPoole
Most asian families use rice cookers . Can millions be wrong ? :-D


Very tongue in cheek!
#40
The same can be said about other kitchen accessories like toasters and kettles but i bet most people own one or the other...


Toaster - uses a LOT less power than a grill, and quicker.
Kettle - quicker than using a saucepan/hob and more convenient because it has a spout, easier to pour.

Rice cooker - takes LONGER than a pan.

Those people that say cooking rice is hard just need more practise!

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